Resources & Procurement Opportunities for Businesses during COVID-19
Last update: July 24, 2020
WBE Canada is collecting important resources for Canadian WBEs to support you during the COVID-19 crisis. Check back as this list will be updated on an ongoing basis.
- Procurement Opportunities
- Online Learning
- Resources for reopening
- Tips & Resources
- Financial Support
- Tender opportunity – The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) –Emergency Services Depot has posted a requirement for the supply and delivery of sharp containers for COVID-19 on Buyandsell.gc.ca. The sharp containers must be made in accordance with specifications listed in the Request for Proposal. This opportunity closes on July 29, 2020 at 14:00 Eastern Daylight Time. For full details on this requirement, please read the Tender Notice Sharp Containers (6D024-202341/C) .
- Tender opportunity – The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) – Emergency Services Depot has posted a requirement for the supply and delivery of various vaccines consumables for COVID-19 on Buyandsell.gc.ca. The vaccination consumables must be made in accordance specifications listed in the Request for Proposal. This opportunity closes on July 29, 2020 at 14:00 Eastern Daylight Time. For full details on this requirement, please read the Tender Notice Vaccines Consumables 6D024-202341/B .
- Government of Canada – Information for manufacturers of hard-surface disinfectants and hand sanitizers
- Ontario Government – Supply emergency products
- Ontario Government – Supply innovative approaches to fight COVID-19
- Ontario Government – Submit products, solutions or services to fight COVID-19
- Opportunities through WBE Canada (reserved for Certified WBEs) – Hand sanitizers, toilet paper, protective gowns, masks & gloves, cleaning supplies, IT support, and more – contact Michelle Bianchi to let her know your capabilities.
- Additional opportunities are posted in Certified WBE LinkedIn group on an ongoing basis.
2. Online Learning
- Government Funding & Financial Support During COVID-19: Opportunities & Strategies for Women Owned Businesses (Source: WBE Canada)
- Human Resources During Uncertain Times (Source: BMO for Women)
- Coping with COVID-19: The economy, business planning & tax implications (Source: BMO for Women)
- How To Cope with the Impact of COVID-19 (Source: BDC)
- Leading Through Crisis: An Online Conversation With and For Women Owned Businesses (Source: WBE Canada)
- Strategies for Women Owned Businesses During COVID-19 (Source: Startup Canada)
- Coping with COVID-19: Access to Capital & Cash Management (Source: BMO for Women)
3. Resources for reopening
Getting ready for reopening? Here are some resources to help you safely reopen:
- Public health guidance for SMEs
- Guidance for workplaces and businesses operating during COVID-19
- Prevention infographics, posters and resources
- Organizations buying and selling personal protective equipment
- 5 ways to protect yourself from COVID-19 scams
- Staying Cyber-Healthy During COVID-19
- COVID-19 Cyber Security for Small and Medium Organizations
- Cybersecurity tips on how to spot a scam, protect your online accounts and devices, and other tips to ward off cyber threats
- Canadian Business Resilience Network – Toolkit for Reopening Canada’s Economy
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety – Reopening for Business Tip Sheet
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety – Preventing Stigma in the Workplace
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety – COVID-19 Screening Tool
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety – COVID-19: Tools for helping workplaces prevent the spread and reopen for business
- Ontario – Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace
- Ontario – Framework for reopening the province
- Canada.ca/Coronavirus is the government’s page for all COVID19 resources—for individuals as well as businesses, and you can check out the managing your business during COVID-19 page for information specific to business. There, you will also find links to jurisdiction-specific workplace guidance and tools from your province or territory.
- Looking for financial help and business supports? Check out COVID-related government supports for business and hundreds of other programs and services on the online business benefits finder at innovation.canada.ca.
3. Tips & Resources
- Bowen Group: Lessons from a CEO Outlasting 4 Downturns
- Buckland – Important Updates re. Import/Export to the U.S.
- BDC – Supports for Canadian businesses
- BDC – Business continuity plan and templates
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Business Resilience Service
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Business Preparation Guide
- CEDEC – Resources to help small businesses cope with COVID-19
- Clear Concept Inc: Working Productively from Home
- Digital Main Street
- EDC – COVID-19 Resource Tool
- EDC – Expert advice, insurance and financial support
- Federal government – Resources for Canadian businesses
- Froese Law: Legal advice for SMEs during COVID-19
- Froese Law: Corona Virus Triggering the Force Majeure
- Froese Law: Insurance Policy Protection and COVID-19
- Public Health COVID-19 information
- Nova Scotia – Online market for creative entrepreneurs
- Ontario – Launching soon! COVID-19: Tackling the barriers – A website for businesses to overcome the challenges of the outbreak – Request a temporary rule or regulation change to help your business respond to COVID-19
- Ontario – COVID-19 support for businesses
- Ontario – Stop The Spread Business Information Line for businesses
- Ontario Workplace Safety and Prevention Services: Guidance on Health and Safety for Personal Services Settings during COVID-19
- Ontario Centre of Excellence – COVID-19 Collaboration Platform
- Ontario Workplace PPE Supplier Directory
- Small Business Everyday: Reconnecting Shoppers with Small Businesses
- Toronto – Digital Main Street Program to support SMEs
- Vancouver – The Digital Economy Response Program (DER3) is helping small-medium sized businesses on Vancouver Island who want to enter or expand into the Digital Economy with local service providers & subject matter experts.
- Williams Law: HR advice related to COVID-19
4. Financial support
- COVID-19 Regional Relief and Recovery Fund– $675 million to support regional economies, businesses, organizations and communities in regions across Canada and $287 million to support the national network of Community Futures Development Corporations. Available through Regional Development Agencies.
- Federal government – Overview of support for individuals & businesses
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy – 3 months program from March 15 to June 6, 2020 for employers who suffer a drop in gross revenues of at least 15 percent in March and 30 percent in April and May, when compared to the same month in 2019. Rate of 75 percent of the first $58,700 normally earned by employees – representing up to $847 per week. Eligibility: employers of all sizes and across all sectors, with the exception of public sector entities. Access wage subsidy calculator here.
- Work-Sharing – Temporary special measures for the forestry and steel & aluminum sector due to COVID-19.
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) – available to all Canadians who have stopped working due to COVID-19, whether they are EI-eligible or not. Up to $2,000/month for up to 4 months. There is a zero-income requirement. Not available to employees to quit their job voluntarily. Those who applied for EI benefits before March 15 will need to use all EI benefits before applying for CERB. Click here to apply.
- Canada’s Regional Development Agencies – Support for businesses and organizations
- Canada Emergency Business Account – A loan of up to $40,000. Repayment of the loan before Dec.31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness of 25 percent (up to $10,000). Available to businesses with $20,000 – $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019. Small businesses and non-profit organizations should contact their financial institution to apply.
- Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium Enterprises – new operating credit and cash flow term loans that financial institutions extend to SMEs. EDC offers a guarantee on loans of up to $5M for companies that need to access more cash immediately – contact your financial institution for more information
- Co-Lending Program for Small and Medium Enterprises – applications for loans and payment deferrals are open through BDC. New BDC Co-Lending Program finalized, will be gradually rolled out by financial institutions as of April 24, 2020.
- Bank Mortgage Payment Deferrals (for up to 6 months) with Canada’s large banks are available on a case-by-case basis – contact your financial institution
- CMHC Mortgage Payment Deferrals and other mortgage tools – available immediately. Contact Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for more information
- Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses – The program will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50 percent of three monthly rent payments that are payable by eligible small business tenants who are experiencing hardship during April, May and June. The loans will be forgiven if the mortgaged property owner agrees to reduce the eligible small business tenants’ rent by at least 75 percent for the three corresponding months under a rent forgiveness agreement, which will include a term not to evict the tenant while the agreement is in place. The small business tenant would cover the remainder, up to 25 percent of the rent. Impacted businesses are businesses paying less than $50,000 per month in rent and who have temporarily ceased operations or have experienced at least a 70 percent drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues. This support will also be available to non-profit and charitable organizations. Deadline to apply is August 31, 2020. Applications are now open – apply here.
- COVID-19 Support for culture, heritage and sport sectors
- Alberta Government – support for businesses
- British Columbia – Support for individuals and businesses in BC
- Manitoba – Information for businesses in Manitoba
- New Brunswick – Guide to Businesses – Relief Measures
- Northern Business Relief Fund – The Northern Business Relief Fund (NBRF) provides short term support, in the form of a non-repayable grant, for ongoing operational costs to small- and medium-sized territorial businesses impacted by economic disruptions due to COVID-19.
- Nova Scotia – COVID-19: Small Business Reopening and Support Grant
- Ontario Government – WSIB Premium Payment Deferrals – all WSIB payments are deferred until August 31, 2020 with no interest or penalty.
- Ontario Government – Business Expansion Projects – Existing businesses in Ontario can get up to $1 million, $400,000 in grants, $600,000 in loans, to expand or improve operations in Northern Ontario. Applications close on June 30, 2020.
- Ontario – Funding for Ontario based companies working in the field of autonomous vehicles and transportation tech
- Quebec – Regional Relief and Recovery Fund
- Saskatchewan – Emergency Support Program for Small Businesses
- Saskatchewan –COVID-19 Information for businesses and workers
- Yukon Business Relief Program – The program provides non-repayable grants to Yukon businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to cover specific fixed costs.
- For more information on financial support for businesses directly from the Canadian banks click here.
- Still not sure what supports are available for your business? Click here.
- Existing Requirements to Pay (RTPs) – do not need to be remitted or complied by Banks and Employers until further notice
- No deferrals or exemptions on payroll deduction payments and all related activities at this time
- Income tax payment deferrals – for taxes owed between March 18, 2020 and September 2020 – until after August 31, 2020
- Collections activities – suspended until further notice, flexible payment arrangements can be made by (1) contacting your CRA Collections Officer or (2) calling CRA at 1-800-675-6184
- Individual – Payment arrangements are available if you cannot pay your taxes, child and family benefit overpayments, Canada Student Loans, or other government program overpayments in full
- Ontario – Relief to businesses filing returns and remitting taxes under Ontario’s business-focused tax program from April 1 to August 31, 2020
- Ontario – Temporarily increase of the Employer Health Tax payroll exemption amount from $490,000 to $1 million for the 2020 tax year